â€œMade in Saskatchewanâ€ Infrastructure Program
Therefore be it resolved that the SUMA request the Government of Saskatchewan to commit to developing and funding a sustainable and predictable â€œMade in Saskatchewanâ€ infrastructure program.
Response: As agreed to after the development of the revenue sharing program, attention is now being given to developing a long-term, predictable and sustainable approach to infrastructure funding. A working group made up of officials from Municipal Affairs, SUMA New North, SARM, UMASS RMAA and the cites of Regina, Saskatoon, Yorkton and Estevan has been tasked with the responsibility of developing a number of options regarding a long term provincial municipal infrastructure program for elected officials to consider. This work is complicated. It is much more than developing a new financial assistance program. This work will look at how best to support municipalities to optimize efficient investment in infrastructure. Alternative methods of municipal infrastructure financing will also be considered. In addition, determining how to encourage best practices that can maximize useful asset life and good financial management will also be explored. The province and municipal sector have the opportunity to discuss options for how we can work together to begin to erase the municipal sector to demonstrate to taxpayers how we propose to do that in a measurable and deliberate way.